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The Chaos Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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* "Mixing mythology and massively surreal events, adult fantasy author Hopkinson (The Salt Roads) explores questions of identity and image in her YA debut, set against the backdrop of a world gone mad. . . . Hopkinson’s use of language and imagery is almost magical, and her characters add much-appreciated diversity to the genre."--Publishers Weekly, *STAR
* "Hopkinson, who grew up in the Caribbean, mixes Jamaican legends, fairy tales, and sheer imagination to create this wildly inventive story that also skillfully addresses essential teen subjects: change, race, identity, love, and understanding cultural differences. Labels are impossible here, so just hand this refreshingly original treat to teens eager for something completely different."--Booklist, *STAR
"[Scotch] proves to be a compelling anchor for a tale in which, for a while at least, it seems that literally anything can happen. Hopkinson’s joy of invention is palpable, and despite its darker edges, it’s that joy in the possibilities of the imagination that I hope comes through to younger readers. Come to think of it, we could all use a dose of it."--Locus
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This is a tough book to describe without giving things away, but it was well written, inclusive in a way that most books in these genres are not, and enjoyable to read.
When the Chaos strikes, the main character, Scotch, has a whole chapter where she is either transformed into (or has a delusion) some type of insect and giving birth, comes out of that delusion, goes back into the bar where she was at when the Chaos struck to find her brother and a volcano appears in Lake Ontario. Yet in the next chapter, she is eating doughnuts in a Tim Horton's as mythological creatures like a Sasquatch wander the street? There are other much better plotted out books in the urban fantasy genre. Please find them!
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This one wasn't my favorite. But that's ok, read everything else, and then save this for in between when she has a new book out.Published 11 months ago by anarcharachnid
Nalo always takes me to worlds I could never imagine on my own. I love West Indian folklore and her books are not short of it.Published on March 28, 2014 by Motherofwinterskyewolf